ECTC, Bellevue show gratitude for military, first responders | Education

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College students and community members wanting to thank veterans or first responders will have the opportunity to do it today.

The college and Bellevue University are partnering to help Operation Gratitude, an organization that collects and sends care packages and letters to veterans, first responders, new military recruits and active-duty military. Students or community members can write thank you letters from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today.

This is the college’s first year sending cards to the or­gan­ization, said Mary Ann Flowers, director of Military and Vet­er­an Services at ECTC.

“Being in Military and Vet­er­an Services we’re always looking for different outreach events to support our troops,” she said. “We thought this would be a great way for folks to show their gratitude and give a word of praise or thanks to those who serve us.”

More than 2.3 million care packages have been sent by the organization since 2003, according to Operation Gratitude’s website.

This is the second day for the card signing event, which began Tuesday.

“They have been busy today (Tuesday),” Flowers said Tuesday morning, adding one of the two signing stations nearly ran out of cards.

The postcard signing stations are in the foyers of the Re­g­io­nal Postsecondary Center and Academic Technical Building. Free red, white and blue ribbons are given out at both stations. The colleges have a goal of collecting 400 note cards.

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